What are the odds Brian Williams (left) goes to another New York Rangers game in the near future?
By now you’ve probably heard that NBC News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended for fabricating a story about his experience in the Iraq War, but have you seen the video that started the controversy?
It was at a New York Rangers hockey game on February 1, 2015 when NBC News anchor Brian Williams reunited with Iraq War veteran Tim Terpak, both of whom spent time together while Williams was covering the Iraq War as a journalist. The Rangers chose to honor Terpak and Williams with a standing ovation during the game – a standing ovation which Williams would report on in this fateful report her:
It’s a beautiful story at face value, but there’s one tiny problem with it:
It wasn’t true.
Terpak was in charge of the armored platoon sent to protect Williams’ crew and others in the desert during the war, but he wasn’t in the chopper that really was shot down that day and he wasn’t in Williams’ chopper either – which safely landed an hour after the actual incident. Brians Williams’ helicopter was never fired upon and arrived safely.
That lie put Williams in the national spotlight for fabricating stories and resulted in his six month suspension by NBC.
The question on every hockey fan’s mind is: Will Williams still remain a Rangers fan after all of that?